Video Games Aren’t Destroying Men! (A response to The New York Times)

Every few years I find that video games are somehow the ills of society, in some way.  Whether it be them causing violence, or them causing sexism, there is always some reason to blame video games for all of the problems that society is suffering from.  Feminists don’t get why gamers are so busy fighting for their hobby.  Well, it’s quite simple – because society has never really stopped having an issue with gamers and the games we play.  The media takes every opportunity to shit all over them.  No surprise, really.  After all, Hollywood is scared of video games.  So is the rest of the mainstream media.  Gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry, while publications like this one are bleeding readers.

So up to the plate comes The New York Post, here to tell us that video games are destroying a generation of men.  Oh boy, this should be totally objective and not some stupid bullshit that someone who just doesn’t like video games pulled straight out of their ass.  Here’s a link to the article from another retarded conservative publication, let’s talk about it.

One night in the mid-1990s I tried out a computer game called “Civilization.”

Why, oh why, do ALL of these articles decrying video games begin with someone name-dropping a game?  They all do.  I’ll spare you the next two paragraphs and say that the summary is that this person played Civilization.  It was all fun and shit, but then they saw that it was taking up their time, which is wrong, so they said “no!” and swore off games forever.  I spared you so much boredom.

Today millions of people, disproportionately young men, are similarly caught in the throes of video games, which are far more enticing than their 1990s counterparts and often involve many players engaging at once. The hand-eye coordination of these men is no doubt impressive, plus they form friendships and learn to work through problems in teams.

Um, idiot, I got a little secret for ya – the average age of a gamers now is early 30’s.  My boss at work has played WoW since it came out.  By the by, she is a woman well into her 40’s.  Her account is still active.  Gamers aren’t the young men in basements that you are trying to cast.  We’re grown adults, often with families and social lives and responsibilities that we balance with a hobby that we like.  Much like how some guys can get together and bust a nut over football or go out and drink beers with their buds.  We’re not young men.  We’re grownups who are living normal lives.

Next, I love how a conservative publication is taking cues from Anita Sarkeesian – praising aspects of games that are totally meaningless before then changing tactics to attack again.  Ugh…

The problem is that for many young men, video games have become a substitute for living. They’re so addictive and soul-consuming that they’re unlike other leisure activities. Every hour spent on “Ghost Recon” or “Grand Theft Auto V” is an hour that could have been spent more productively.

Doing what?  I’ve already pointed out that it’s mostly men in their 30’s now.  How many of them have families?  How many of them are busy raising kids and tending to marriages while they have this hobby.  The reality of demographics are kicking your ass so hard.  But it is The New York Post, after all.  Facts never got in the way of a good narrative.

Sure, that’s also true of golf — but rarely do you hear that someone has quit his job and is living in Mom’s basement obsessing over putting.

No, but I have heard of a lot of guys who like going out to drink with their buddies spending more time at the bar than they do at home and getting drunk and beating their wives.  So, I kinda think that maybe the person whose worst hobby is gaming is a step above some of the shit I see on your side of the fence.

Yet video-game addicts are engaged in a mass retreat from life. Men aged 21 to 30 worked 12 percent fewer hours in 2015 than in 2000. The percent of young men who worked zero weeks over the course of a year doubled in that period, to an alarming 15 percent. Those working hours were largely replaced by gaming, and fully 35 percent of young men now live with their parents or other close relatives, up from 23 percent in 2000. Their unemployment rate jumped by 10 percent.

Where is your evidence for any of this?!  Are we not going to talk about how the job market in this country is so much harder for people trying to crack into the workforce?  Are we going to ignore that middle class jobs are becoming fewer and fewer as it dies a tragic death in this country?  There are 1001 things that could factor into this bullshit statistic you pulled straight out of your butthole, and you choose to examine none of them.  What the fuck…?

A huge proportion of young men are simply dropping out of the workforce and becoming PlayStation’s willing slaves. The numbers are in a National Bureau of Economic Research study and in an essay by economist Erik Hurst of the Booth School of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Which you don’t cite.  The only citation in your article is another article from your publication.  Why not cite this study here?  I don’t want to read another bullshit article.  Get me to the evidence!

Also, I kind of love it that I am PlayStation’s willing slave.  Dude, I work a 40 hour week at a thankless job.  I am not anyone’s willing slave.  I buy games for my PS4 because it’s something I can do because I am saving money.  I know, that mature bullshit.  It’s weird.

Should we dismiss all this if these men say they’re happy? Heroin addicts are happy, too, as long as they’re high, but what long-term effects do they face? Consider what the future holds for men whose 20s get sucked into the maw of the Xbox. The 20s are when we pick — and begin to gain mastery in — a career.

Yeah, 30 years ago.  Dude, times have changed.  Currently, the number of stable jobs that a person will hold by the time they are 40 is 10.  That number is expected to be 12 to 15 soon.  A cruel reality is that while you and yours are busy judging my generation, the number of stable occupations and career jobs are becoming less and less.  You don’t cite any sources for your statistic, so you are again just putting this out of your ass!

Also I just love that you compare gamers to heroin addicts.  One is a drug that kills people all the time and is physically addictive, the other is a hobby that millions upon millions of people have that has never been directly responsible for the death of ANYONE.  A more apt comparison would be gamers to stoners.  Both are not physically addictive, but can be done in excess and hurt your life overall.  But then you have to deal with the nuances of that argument, which I realize isn’t something you are intellectually capable of doing.

If these men intend to start their lives at 30, they’re going to find themselves at a huge disadvantage. They’re going to be sullen when told to start at the bottom, when peers they knew in school are already in management positions.

So, the implication is that gamers are just lazy fucks who don’t do anything?  Dude, I am a gamer, with a thankless job that I am desperately hoping doesn’t become my career, because the longer I stay here, the worse my outlook gets for finding a job in a different field.  It’s depressing.  I know a ton of gamers who all work stable jobs and have relationships and all the usual bullshit that comes with life.  How will playing video games stop a person from excelling at work?  By the same token, I can say that you going out to drink beer with all your fatass friends is doing damage to your life.  Depending on how much you chug down, your liver may agree with me.  Both statements have equal amounts of evidence to support them.

Maybe they’ll turn down work and pick up the gaming remote. Maybe they’ll drift toward their 40s without ever really launching.

Maybe you’ll get drunk and beat your wife for not having enough Moon Pies in the pantry.  Maybe you’ll kick your dog for getting in your way.  Maybe you’ll eat so many Doritos watching the big game with your bros that you have diarrhea and miss your big interview.  Oh, I’m sorry, I thought we were just making up bullshit about “what-ifs.”

Women usually don’t go for men who are less successful than they are, so gaming is going to cause a surge in dissatisfaction among members of both sexes. Unemployed, or underemployed, men residing at Casa de la Mama whose major life skill involves pretend shoot-em-ups are not going to impress many ladies. Accomplished women are going to discover the competition for male peers even tougher than it is today, when there are about three women for every two men enrolled in college.

Hey, dude, I got a little secret for ya – the number of women in high-powered positions, moving forward, is only gonna grow.  There is going to be a gradual shift in society where women accept that the number of men who are their intellectual or financial equals is going to greatly be diminished.  They may not like it, but it’s true.  Women are more and more pursuing high-powered careers.  Not playing video games ain’t gonna change that.  Nothing is going to change that.  Men putting down the controller and being macho men isn’t going to stop a cultural mindset that women would rather be employed in a career than home with the kids.  That’s just how this went.  You have this wonderfully stupid attitude about women and men.  It’s amazing.

By the way, is the implication here that gamers are stupid?  According to a study, it’s found that gamers are actually more likely to be educated and pursue a stable family life than non-gamers.  But again, don’t let facts get in the way of a good narrative.

Happiness is not to be confused with fleeting pleasures delivered by artificial, drug-like stimulants. Genuine life satisfaction is closely linked to the feelings of productivity we derive from doing jobs well and to the security of enduring close relationships, especially marriage.

Yeah, that’s why birth rates in the western world are plummeting.  Also, neat fact – the amount of people happily married is actually going up.  There’s a reason – fewer people are getting married.  Those who are are finding commitments that they can actually value.  Cultural mindsets are affecting the habits of people in those communities.  Who fucking knew?!

Gamer zombies risk losing touch with both the world of work and with the potential for real human relationships. The parents and friends of these young men are doing them no favors by thinking, “I never see him anymore but he seems happy.”

And you are doing your beliefs in your own intelligence no favors by stereotyping everyone who plays games as an unhappy, uneducated loser who has no job, no relationships, and no drive to seek emotional fulfillment.  This was fucking retarded.  Your only citation here is your own publication, and given the level of “reporting” I have seen here, that’s a wash.  All you can do is make assertions without a SINGLE piece of corroborating evidence to go with it.  This was a chore to sit through and I got dumber for my trouble.  Thanks for that.

Until next time, a quote,

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens

Peace out,

Maverick

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Let’s Respond to Indicators That You Might be a Liberal (From Hunter and Friends)

Hey everybody.  It seems that BuzzFeed’s retarded questions have led people to making videos in the same vein to get their own political agenda across.  Now we have a conservative named Hunter Avalone who has gotten together with his friends to make a video much in the vein of BuzzFeed and Jeff Foxworthy listing a series of qualities that may indicate that you are a liberal.  Here’s a link to the video, now let’s see if I fall into these categories.

If you’re upset there was no trigger warning at the beginning of this video

I wasn’t.

If you think burning the gay flag is a hate crime but burning the American flag is just fine

I think both are just fine.  They are pieces of cloth.  If people want to treat them like they are some kind of holy relic, that is their own dumbass decision to make.

You might be a liberal if your solution to everything is getting naked

Are you saying that getting naked can’t solve all problems?

You might be a liberal if a Muslim bakery baking a gay wedding cake doesn’t bother you at all, but the moment a Christian bakery does the same thing, you have a brain aneurysm

If both are privately owned businesses, I believe they have the right to refuse service to whoever they want.  As for me, I don’t care whose money it is, I’ll take it.  As do most businesses in this country.  If somebody wants to be a bigoted asshole, that’s on them.

You might be a liberal if you mistake a construction marker for a swastika

The video shows a news article.  It may also be that they are part of a reactionary media whose entire business runs on clicks so you make click-bait-y things that lack nuance.  Just saying, that may also be a possibility.

You might be a liberal if you think there are more than two genders.

No, you might be an SJW.  I am a liberal and I disagree with that belief.

If you think CNN is a credible news source

Just as credible as Fox News

If you think all white people are racist, but we’re also all muslim

Yeah, Michael Moore holding up that sign does look pretty silly.  I happen to disagree with both of those assessments, but I am still a liberal.  You all’s examples need work.

If you aren’t racist but you think black people are too stupid to get a voter ID

So you want to have voter ID laws unilaterally applied?  As in equally across all demographics?  Because given some history in this country with how voter ID laws have been abused, I’m just wondering if you also support profiling.  I mean, you did use black people as your example.

If fact is your least favorite F word

I am dying to know when Fox News has had fact as their F word.  Mine is “fuck.”  As in – fuck conservative ideas that the facts always are on their side.

If you think men should stop telling women what to do with their bodies, but you think women should be able to tell men what to do with their bodies

I don’t think anyone should tell anyone what to do with their bodies, so long as they aren’t hurting anyone.

You might be a liberal if you think women should be allowed to walk around topless and free the nipple!

I like boobs, so yeah, let’s do it!  They just lose the right for me not to gawk if they are out in public with their tits hanging out.

But you also think the hijab is empowerment and not oppressive at all

I do think it’s oppressive.  The religion of Islam is misogynistic as fuck, and I am baffled at how the SJWs can defend it.

If you label everyone you don’t like as a fascist without even knowing what a fascist really is

Yeah, the calling of people Nazis just because they don’t agree with you is pretty stupid.  You all got on Glenn Beck when he did that indiscriminately too, right?

If “Faggot!” triggered you

Given what a little bitch you look like, you calling anyone a faggot is very strange.

If you think all white men are white supremacists and Nazis

Already talked about this.

If you think black people can’t be racist

They most assuredly can.  As can any other ethnic group.

If you go to give a speech on global warming riding in your private jet

Yeah, that does seem a touch bit hypocritical.

If someone criticizing violence done in the name of Islam offends you more than the violence itself

I am a liberal and I agree that people’s attitudes with this whole “islamophobia” stuff is beyond retarded.

If you need a safe space

I don’t

If climate change is directly linked to the growth of terrorism

It kinda is.  As the world heats up and more and more ethnic groups are being forced together, terrorism is going to increase.

If you think women are paid less than men for the exact same work

I don’t think that way.  When you correct for variables other than the average earnings of men and women, the wage gap all but vanishes.  What is left might very well be actual discrimination, and I do believe it should be stopped, but it isn’t this .77 cents on the dollar myth.

If you were offended by this video

I wasn’t.  It was stupid.

So, what do you think?  Am I a liberal?  Oh, wait, I said I am.  Well, shit.  You got me, Hunter.

Until next time, a quote,

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

Peace out,

Maverick

The Left and Right Have No Nuance Left

I am honestly so tired of watching modern political discourse.  Watching the news just tires me anymore.  All I see on my feeds anymore is my liberal and conservatives friends posting links to obvious click-bait that is beyond predictable.  The snowflakes on the left and the right screaming about their pet issues.  No joke, it’s exhausting.  I find myself getting tired of listening to the same arguments day in and day out.  Where is the nuance?  Where is the critical examination of issues on more than a “Trump is evil and his supporters are Nazis!” level?  Where is the examination beyond, “the left is trying to take away our rights to free speech!”  As I said, it’s exhausting.  Makes one not want to even talk about politics anymore.

The older I get, the more I realize that my generation is out of its goddamn mind.  I have ZERO love for Hillary and the DNC.  Their corruption was laid bare.  Whatever Russia had in mind with why they did it, Hillary made an ironic burn on herself when she said that Putin shouldn’t have been mad that she exposed that he rigged an election, but instead should be mad that he did it.  Her lack of self-awareness is amazing.  After all, NOWHERE in all the coverage of how Russia was behind it do they claim the info that proved she rigged the election against Bernie Sanders does she claim the info leaked is inaccurate.  Hey, Hillary, maybe instead of lecturing Putin on a pulpit, you can take some fucking responsibility for the horrible shill that you are?!  Maybe have the self-awareness to realize how hypocritical it is for you to call out ANYONE for corruption when there are thousands of leaked documents showing how corrupt you and your entire party I.

Meanwhile, I have ZERO love for Trump.  This dude is fucking bonkers.  No joke, he is totally nuts.  He can’t even keep his own party lines going.  Every time his cabinet says one thing, he goes on the news and says another.  His Twitter account makes me think of a clown smacking its head into a wall and asking us to laugh along with him.  His appointees are a joke, worst being his attorney general who wants to come after people who smoke pot.  Everyone was all like, “give Trump a chance!”  Fine.  I gave him one.  Now he can go fuck himself.  This guy’s administration is a joke.  I feel like I am watching America’s version of the fall of the Roman Empire.  You ever read some of the stuff about what my old teacher call the “Clown Town Emperors?”  There were some real loon in that lot.

But you know what bugs me more than all of that?  The real problem I have is that instead of us talking about these issues in a critical way, all it devolves to is people using buzzwords to attack the others.  It’s gotten to the point where I wonder if genuine political discourse is actually possible.  And we need genuine discourse.  We need to talk about the fact that the Democratic party is too corrupt to be sustainable.  Sure, if it’s Trump vs Hillary (she is already claiming to be starting a new PAC to run), she’s pretty much got it already.  Anyone who is watching what is happening can see that.  When you have conservatives going on Fox News and saying that Trump is an idiot, then you know you are done.  But why is it that I suddenly magically have to support that crooked harpy just because Trump is an idiot?  Do people not realize that I can be against both?

I can hear you argue – “Well then, Lucien, who do you want to see as President?”  I’m glad you asked.  If I could, I would LOVE to see Tulsi Gabbard make a run.  She has appeal to both conservatives and liberals.  She has a lot of Sanders talking points, which there were plenty of conservatives and libertarians who said they would support.  Not to mention she has years of military service which is another huge appeal to conservatives.  She’s the perfect candidate.  None of the political baggage that Hillary has, with talking points that voters were shown to actually support.  While assholes like Bill Maher claim that I didn’t vote for Hillary because she is a woman (I am one of the people who wrote in Harambe.  No joke, I actually did it), there is a woman who I would note on vote for, I would campaign for.  Or if Elizabeth Warren made a run.  Sure, she kissed Hillary’s ring, but she still does have genuine principals that I can get behind.  Either of those women would have my full support.  Glass ceiling that, Shillary. *rude hand gesture*

The Republican Party has now been pushed to the point that they can’t even begin to salvage their reputation.  Assuming all this stuff with Trump under investigation leads to impeachment, then who are they going to run next?  Ted Cruz, maybe?  If the other candidates had gotten out of the primary earlier, I am convinced that he would be the President now instead of Trump.  Part of me wonders if the left would still be using retarded hashtags like #NotMyPresident if that was the case, because these idiots don’t seem to know what democracy is or how it works.  Yes he is.  And he didn’t have to be.  If the other candidate wasn’t a corrupt bitch, we could have had someone with principals.  I know, crazy thought.

Throughout all of this, I try and look at both sides and really come to an objective side where I can actually examine the issue with some form of nuance.  I hate both sides of the political debate in this country.  Neither has the high ground.  It’s like watching hogs do battle in the mud.  Who is the better group?  I don’t know, because they are both covered in shit.  And I am almost to the point where I am tuning out and just enjoying movies and video games, because what is there left to talk about?  Please, I am all fucking ears.

Until next time, a quote,

“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic.  The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok

Peace out,

Maverick

The Democratic Tea Party (needs to happen)

I have followed the retarded protests that have been happening to President-Elect Donald Trump with more than a little cringe.  Kind of hard to argue that this is more than a little pathetic.  All the people who said that Trump needed to accept losing are screaming, rioting, and even making a petition that has millions of signatures for the Electoral College to put Hillary in the White House, all while Trump has started some genuinely good ideas, like rolling back the proxy war with Russia in Syria.  No joke, the whole deal with Russia and Hillary’s saber-rattling with them to cover her ass with WikiLeaks scared the fuck out of me.  If nothing else, I’m glad that we have a candidate who wants to ease the tension.

But I am now looking at what is happening to the Democrats and I can’t help but think that this could be a VERY good thing.  The reality is that this election wasn’t Trump sweeping the nation.  He got a vote amount in the same range as typical Republican candidates.  The thing that got him victory was the fact that Hillary got so much fewer votes than she was expecting.  And there’s a reason for this.  Because she is this election’s version of Mitt Romney.  In 2012, the Republican polling numbers were abysmal.  Same this time.  And despite all the claims that it was about Hillary having a vagina, the reality is that both candidates were despised for the same reason – they are unrepentant corporate tools who have no charisma.  It’s too easy to hate what they represented.

“So, what does this have to do with the protests and riots?” you ask.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane to 2008.  After the sweeping success of Barack Obama, a candidate who inspired people and had lots of charisma to match, there was something of a civil war within the Republican party.  It was called the Tea Party.  I can already hear some of you groaning.  Yeah, the Tea Party had some of the cringiest things you can imagine, along with pundits who became easy fodder for comedians.  However, let’s look at the effect they had on the party.  In no uncertain terms, the Tea Party gutted the Republican party from within.  They destroyed so many of the old guard Republican candidates in primaries and while it was a difficult transition, the result has been a conservative counter-culture that is now maligned as the “alt-right.”  It led to some very charismatic Republican candidates.  I don’t agree with these people, but I can’t deny their charisma.  Part of me would have loved to see a debate between Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton.  Unlike Trump, Cruz was eloquent and has a sharp tongue.  Trump almost never got into all the WikiLeaks stuff and the corruption, but I guarantee you that Cruz would have broken her back with it, over and over again.  It’s honestly for the best that we got a centrist in hardcore conservative clothing to win the election.

The point of all of this is that I genuinely believe that it’s time for the Democrats to have their own version of the Tea Party.  It’s time for us to start an internal political revolution to gut this party of the corporate tools who have infested it and bring what was supposed to be the left’s answer to the right back into the left where it belongs.  The Democratic Party has become so twisted by moneyed interest that they are now right of center.  That needs to stop.  All these people protesting need to come together and begin our own version of the Tea Party, because if they don’t, then you can guarantee that 2020 will go to Trump again.  We need to mix things up, and it needs to happen right fucking now.

We need to get rid of these establishment Democrats.  As many as we can.  Let’s get some candidates in there who are fresh faces with bright ideas.  We need candidates who can promote things in the vein of Bernie Sanders.  His message resonated with people, and for good reason.  Instead of propping up the same broken candidates who nobody likes, let’s get some fresh blood in.

For example, there is a woman that I would actually like to see as the first female President.  Not Elizabeth Warren.  Fuck that pathetic sellout.  She sold her soul to the devil, and for what?  Nothing.  Hey, Sanders did that too.  Funny how that works.  Another reason the party needs to be changed.  If the only thing they can do (since they can’t inspire confidence and get booed at their own acceptance ceremony) is threaten and blackmail people in the party to play ball, then these people aren’t worth anything.  The woman that I am genuinely hoping I get to see making a run for the Oval Office is Tulsi Gabbard.  Back in the primaries, I was hoping that Sanders would be picking her as VP, grooming her the Presidency after him.  She’s got a fantastic track record, military service, and doesn’t have ANY of the baggage the bulk of the party does.  All these idiots can say that the reason I didn’t want Hillary in there is because she’s a woman.  Let me shit on that idea by promoting a woman who would be utterly fantastic at the job.

There is a golden opportunity to reform the party with candidates who aren’t barely left or just right of center, and I say that NOW is the time to take it.  Strike while the iron’s hot.  Let’s get some fresh blood who are genuinely progressive, but NOT in the modern terms.  This ties into something else that needs to happen – the SJWs have got to go!  While we are busy arguing about pronouns, the liberals who aren’t part of all this drama are rolling their eyes.  Party loyalty is dying while we have these same stupid debates about gender and BLM and pronouns.  Nobody cares about the person who identifies themselves as an Apache Helicopter and has the pronouns phe/per/pheper.  The SJW mentality was, quite correctly, rejected in this election.  People didn’t care about the crybullies and their talking points.  People see that for the stupid bullshit that it is, and if this party is to have ANY legitimacy in the future, this group and their tearful bullshit have to go back to whatever corner of Tumblr or Twitter from whence they came.  While they are complaining about someone who was identified the wrong way, we could be fighting for ACTUAL universal healthcare or environmental regulation that does real good.  Maybe throw some money to research for cures for diseases now that our over-prescribing of medications is breeding superbugs.  The social justice crowd needs to be cast out of our current political discourse if there will ever be any real progress made towards the things that truly matter.  But hey, maybe I’m wrong.  Let’s ask Occupy how fighting for Native American rain dance rights worked out for them.

We have a golden opportunity to reform the party, but only if we can trim the cancer from it and rally to push forward people who are genuinely worthy.  And let’s not get sidetracked by the people bitching about being “misgendered.”  But that’s just what I think.  Let’s not let all this protesting energy go to waste.  Not like what happened with Occupy.  Though, that was mainly because they didn’t expel the SJW cancer before it was far too late.

Until next time, a quote,

“You know why people don’t like liberals?  Because they lose.  If liberals are so fucking awesome, why do they lose so god-damned always?” – Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

Peace out,

Maverick

Planned Parenthood Protest and Freedom of Speech

To anyone who doesn’t know, I am very pro-choice.  I have this position for a number of reasons.  For starters, since there are seven billion people on this planet and overpopulation is the biggest threat to our planet’s future, it just seems ridiculous to me to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy that she doesn’t want.  Second, whose right is it for the government to tell a woman what to do with her body?  I find it amazing that all these “small government” conservatives want to be able to legislate what women will do with their bodies.  Third, making abortion illegal will do nothing to stop them from happening.  This point has been brought up a thousand times, and it is still on point.  It just makes it so that abortions happen in back alleys by doctors who can’t be trusted, rather than in a clean, sterile environment where women can get care from licensed physicians who have years of practice under their belt.  There is no rational reason for me to be pro-life.

Anyone who has been following this blog for a long time knows that I am very much in support of Planned Parenthood as well.  I’ve told this story before (anecdotal evidence!) about a former friend of mine who hates my guts.  When she was a teenager, the guy she was with used her as a living sex toy and she ended up getting knocked up because this guy also wasn’t the best about protection.  What a shock.  Alone, unable to talk to anyone, she made what she has described as the hardest decision of her entire life and went to Planned Parenthood to have an abortion.  It was something she dealt with alone, and it helped shape all of her relationships since that point.

So when I see a rather sizeable crowd gathered outside of Planned Parenthood tonight with signs all about how abortion is evil and how Planned Parenthood is basically an abortion factory, you can imagine how annoyed I was.  Not only is the idea that all they do being abortions been proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be complete bullshit, but it only accounts for 3% of all the services they provide.  The rest is helping girls like a former girl I ran with whose periods were so painful that they caused her to be in agony for hours get birth control that she doesn’t take for sexual assistance purposes (though that is a fringe benefit) but to help her manage something that is excruciating.  Or there are women who don’t have the money for breast scans or other things to help detect cancer early.  Then there are just the people who use them to help get easy medical care that they don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for.

These people are motivated by ignorance.  They use pathos to get their point.  It’s easy to have some grotesque photo of a deceased embryo and believe that that is all abortion is.  Some murder factory for the fetus where all the youth are taken to be slaughtered.  It’s disgusting, to say the least.  Not to mention disingenuous.  That is not what abortion is.  Never even close.  Most abortions happen in the first few weeks of a pregnancy, when the fetus is nothing but a cluster of cells.  This image of abortion doctors being Nazi scientists harvesting baby organs is both laughable and insulting.  However, for those who are easily swayed by pathos and whose critical faculties lack in almost every discernible way, that’s all they need to hear to conclude that their path is right.  It helps that they are almost-exclusively guided by a religious belief that says that all life is sacred.  You know, except when God is commanding his armies to kill children and rip open the bellies of pregnant women.  Then murder is A-okay.  But let’s not get into the hypocrisy of Christianity.  That conversation would never end.

However, this is where something that I strongly believe in comes into play.  See, mama didn’t raise no hypocrite.  I find it funny that free speech has gone from being a liberal issue like back during the Red Scare when people were fighting against McCarthy and his witch-hunts, who argued that free speech and a free press was the cornerstone of a functioning democracy and should be cherished.  Because free speech isn’t designed to protect the majority opinion.  That doesn’t need protecting.  It is designed to protect the minority opinion.  And here’s where I am going to annoy some of my more liberal-minded contemporaries – the opinion that God hates abortion and it is evil and should be outlawed is a minority opinion in the US.  Overall, society in this country is cool with abortion and thinks that it should be legal for those who want to partake.  They believe that women should have dominion over their own bodies.  That’s good.  No joke, I’m glad that that’s the case.  So the demonstration I saw tonight is a minority opinion (dumb as it is) that is being exercised by people who have it.

So when someone came to me on the phone tonight and said, “dude, I wish I could blow those fuckers up,” I decided to stand tall to that person and say that that is a really stupid way to view things.  The reality is that I vehemently disagree with everything those idiots with the signs were saying.  However, I would fight another person who wanted to take away that right to the death for their right to speak their ridiculous bullshit.  I refuse to be a hypocrite.  I refuse to join a group of people who want to suppress another group’s opinion, even if I believe that they are completely wrong and it says a lot about their character for having that opinion.

I stopped believing in God because I stopped seeing things as us vs. them.  I got rid of this dogmatic part of me that wants to follow an ideology blindly.  Now I see my brethren on the left seeing it as totally cool to demonize people on the right and shut down their speech.  After all, their speech might hurt people’s feelings!  Or spread “dangerous ideas!”  We can’t have that!  If something offends something that the Supreme Leader says, then that thing must be stopped!  We must take to the streets!  Burn their books!  Shut down their speech because we don’t approve!  If they don’t conform to our way of thinking, put them in camps!  Some gross hyperbole mixed in with things that these people think.  But here’s something that really gets to me when thinking about it –

For some of these, can you honestly tell which is which?

Until next time, a quote,

“We think we’ve come so far.  Heretics, the burning of witches, all ancient history.  Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly it threatens to start all over again.” – Capt. Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Peace out,

Maverick

I Hate how “Leftist” is a Catch-All Term

The first time I ever heard the name Milo Yiannopoulos is during the GamerGate battles in the gaming community.  He was a guy who was very open about not being a gamer.  But he found this battle against corrupt journalism and the SJW forces that were part of it interesting enough to get involved.  It helped get a lot of respectable credibility to the battle due to Milo being a smart guy and an eloquent speaker.  During those days, it was fun to see his latest post.  But those days are gone.  While some remnant of GamerGate still exists, it’s now just a term for a time when us gamers stood up and fought for our hobby.

The thing I’m left with is how there are now SO many people who I used to like on YouTube that I honestly can’t stand anymore due to how they are basically just as bad as the people they criticize in how they will ignore nuance and judge people harshly right out of the game.  Milo is a part of this.  I still follow him on Twitter.  I do like to have a varied perspective.  But the truth is that outside of GamerGate, I know for a fact that him and I would agree on very little, and him and his ilk’s use of the term “Leftist” is just as annoying as how SJWs are eager to call everyone who doesn’t agree with them conservative.

I consider myself a liberal.  Shocker, I know.  I don’t consider myself part of the regressive left.  But I still am a person who has liberal sensibilities, along with a few libertarian ones.  I took a political quiz, and it seems I’m part of the Libertarian Left.  See for yourself.

PoliticalSo, does this make me a “Leftist” now?  I’m not some crazy SJW.  Is that what it takes?  What does it take in order to be a Leftist?  Because there are SO many talking heads who use this line, I honestly can’t find where the line is.  One of you come in and tell me.  Because this is all so confusing.

As I said, I’m a liberal.  I make no secret that I am for universal health care.  There’s no reason why this country shouldn’t have it.  At least none that I’ve heard.  Got a girly-mate who works in a billing agency for doctor’s offices, and she has told me many times that single-payer would make her job so much easier, and save so many offices money.  Oh, right, that’s “anecdotal evidence.”  God forbid someone in the industry might know a thing or two.  I worked medical records for a while.  Let me tell you, if there had been single payer, my job would have been easier too.  More anecdotes!  Whatever will we do!  So many insurance companies I had to send records to.  Annoying.

We live in this weird world right now.  We have people who should hate one-another standing together to fight a common enemy – SJWs.  The battle against SJWs and third-wave feminism is bitter and it has made enemies put aside their differences for a higher goal.  However, I am starting to realize that, when that goes away, we’re still going to be enemies.  I will never agree with Milo’s politics, and I will find his continued use of the term “Leftist” to describe anyone on the left annoying.  Once all is said and done, I figure most of the hard-right people I have made and agreed with will go back to being people I argue with on a daily basis and who tell me that I am some dumb liberal.

I follow Milo’s Twitter page because, unlike our SJW friends, I like seeing an opinion that doesn’t agree with me.  I don’t live in an echo chamber.  If your views aren’t challenged, then what’s the point of having discourse?  However, I just can’t help but think that all of this “Leftist” terminology is becoming just as overused as “regressive” or the one that is the most overused anti-SJW term of all – cuck.  I cannot tell you how dumb I find this term.  For starters, it makes no sense in the context of how they use it.  The term “beta” is more fitting for the kind of men that these people are talking about.  But anytime there’s someone on the left who doesn’t agree with these people, I guarantee that they’ll have their audience coming in and calling that person a cuck quite roundly.  This term really needs to go.

So what was the point of all this?  I guess it’s just a little rambling post.  Not much more.  I’m sure I’ll get some delightful people in the Comments to share with me their belief in how, because I actually think a lot of Milo’s positions are complete bullshit, I’m a regressive or a Leftist.  That’s fine.  As I said, a common enemy helps bring people together.  We’ll see where things end up.  Do with that what you will.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m a firm believer in the idea that this world would not be very interesting if we all thought and felt the same.”  – TJ Kirk

Peace out,

Maverick

What Happened in Orlando…

I’m sure that all of you know what happened today in Orlando, Florida.  A man went into a nightclub called Pulse and shot up the place.  He killed 50 people and wounded around 50 more.  He took hostages when the police showed up.  He was eventually killed by law enforcement.  All signs point to this act being motivated by his religious beliefs.  This man reportedly called into the police before the shooting and proclaimed his loyalty to ISIS, and those who were there said that he shouted “Allah Akbar” before he opened fire.  The man has, two times, been under investigation by the FBI, and yet he was able to purchase his guns legally.  Tells you something about how good this whole background checking that the conservatives and libertarians swear up and down is fantastic is.

Over 100 people are either dead or wounded after a man went into a nightclub and shot them.  Why?  Because they’re gay.  Or if they’re not gay, and just there to spend time with their gay friends, because they are a friend to the gay community.  Reports say that the police were having a hard time initially investigating due to the sheer amount of blood everywhere.  The idea that dead or dying people had to sit there and be used as pawns by this sick piece of shit is disgusting.  Got a girly-mate whose gay.  Imagining her being there, with her new girlfriend.  One of them being among the dead or dying.  If not both.  It’s too cruel for words.

Naturally, the media circus has already begun.  The SJWs are being unusually quiet.  After all, this was a gay nightclub that was attacked.  Normally they are the first to come out and apologize for Islam when stuff like this happens (obligatory statement that I am not insinuating that all Muslims are terrorists or condone terrorism).  They will deny up and down that it has any connection with Islam.  Or they’ll No True Scotsman and say that he wasn’t REALLY as Muslim.  Let’s not talk about how Islam has very clear statements about what they think of the LGBT community.  I did see one SJW who had to make a point in a reply to a Tweet from the Associated Press that apparently this isn’t the worst mass shooting in this country.  It was some Indian girl saying that Wounded Knee was.  Thank you, cunt-rag.  Thanks for letting me know that.  I’m so glad that we could be told this bit of history.  Because you aren’t at all trying to use the deaths of innocent people to get into a butthurt contest.  Fucking bitch.

Outside of the regressive-left, we got the liberals talking about how this is clear evidence that gun control is a joke.  For once, I’m inclined to agree.  This man was under investigation by the FBI twice.  Hey, pro-gun people – this is what your “background checks” are good for.  He purchased his AR-15 and handgun legally.  Maybe it’s time we tighten up those background checks?  Maybe?  Just a little?  The far-left is all about banning all guns.  Anyone who has seen what I post knows that I’m not for that.  Of course not.  It wouldn’t work in this country, and it’s just another black market.  But see the previous point about how a man under investigation TWO TIMES is able to procure guns legally.  That worth talking about?

Then there’s the right, and talking about how this is indicative of how all Muslims are a threat.  Trump is having a field day.  Naturally.  Never mind that local Muslim groups came out in condemnation of this.  Or how the father, who admittedly is in a bit of denial (I get why.  Who wants to see their child as some disgusting murderer?) about the nature of why his son killed these people, has been very much cooperating with the police.  As has the man’s wife and his friends.  But hey, let’s pretend that this is all just Islam being evil.  Let’s not recognize that this is radical Islam going amok.

What do I want to say about this?  What do I want to contribute to this shitstorm?  Honestly, I got nothing.  Should I say that maybe, possibly, we could put aside the endless squabbling that the left and the right ALWAYS do after this and maybe come to the table with the idea of doing something to actually solve this problem?  No.  Of course not.  It’s a waste of breath.  We all know that won’t happen.  Politics in this country are so divisive, and the people are so fucking beholden to their ideological standard that all that will do is get both sides to yell at me.  Because nuance is fucking dead in this country and everyone just has to run to the Internet and yell.

Do I want to talk about how the only thing that is going to come from this is lots of talk?  I like what The Amazing Atheist said when he pointed out that maybe we could actually do something, anything, to show that this matters to us.  We could pass a piece of legislation saying that people who commit violent crimes are big jerks.  At least then we are able to tell ourselves that we did SOMETHING.

But then my mind comes back to that image.  An image of my lady-friend and her girlfriend.  Them being dead in that place, laying in an ocean of blood.  It’s a horrible image.  I want it to go away.  But it won’t.  While I get to read article after article of people squabbling, that image just stays there.  Already the pundits are yelling.  The Twitter and Tumblr posts are yelling.  The media everywhere is yelling.  The WBC has said that the gays had it coming.  The apologists are apologizing.  It never changes.  And that image stays with me.  Her green eyes, dead and gone, laying in that ocean of red.

What will it take?  That’s an honest question.  You all tell me – what will it take to make that image go away?

Until next time, a quote,

“Upset? Is that the word?  I used to get upset.  When I had a flat tire.  I used to get upset when a plane was delayed.  I used to get upset when the Yankees won the Series.  If that’s what upset means, then what do I feel now?  If you know the word, tell me.  Because I don’t.”  – Frank Castle, The Punisher

Peace out,

Maverick